Russell Reichenbach resigned as the Marble Falls High School head baseball coach May 9 after two years. Courtesy photo
STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
Changes continue to happen in the Marble Falls High School athletics department.
The school district is looking for a new head baseball coach after Russell Reichenbach resigned to return to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“Coach Reichenbach has been a tremendous asset for the Mustangs program,” athletic director Rick Hoover said. “He helped turn this place around. We will truly miss him. He’s a great guy. He’s been great for the kids.”
Marble Falls Independent School District posted the baseball position, and administrators have begun making calls to potential candidates, Hoover said.
In other sports news, the MFISD Board of Trustees recently approved the hires of three coordinators on head football coach Brian Herman’s staff.
• Florence head football coach and athletics director Zane Bode as defensive coordinator;
• Florence offensive coordinator and head baseball coach Heath Hohmann as offensive coordinator;
• and Howe athletic director and head football coach Bill Jehling as special teams coordinator.
Herman is excited about the hires, particularly since two of the coordinators are former head football coaches with backgrounds in sports administration.
“They’re giving up the big boss seat to get things started,” he said. “They were returning (to their jobs as head coaches). It was by choice (they’re coming to Marble Falls). They were in great standing. They received the opportunity to start something in Marble Falls.”
Herman has known Bode for 15 years and Hohmann for nine years. Herman and Hohmann coached together at Liberty Hill High School in 2010, and the two have kept in touch.
As offensive coordinator, Hohmann used the Slot-T at Florence. It’s an offensive formation Herman is installing at Marble Falls. The basics of the scheme are the same, even if the terminology differs from program to program, Herman said.
“The Slot-T is a formation and mentality,” he said.
Herman and Bode first met when Bode, who at the time was coaching at Lago Vista High School, visited Liberty Hill to learn about the Slot-T.
“They learned our stuff and got real successful running what we run,” Herman said. “He believes in what we do offensively, and it helps us.”
Hoover recommended Herman interview Jehling because his administrative and personal qualities made him an ideal fit for the MFISD athletic department and the community.
Overall, Herman said he couldn’t be happier for the players to meet the three new coordinators.
“They’re open guys who are great for kids,” Herman said.
Marble Falls High School is still searching for a boys head track coach after the departure of Chad Bishop. Finding the ideal leader is a priority, Herman said.
As for filling the baseball and track coaching spots, Hoover said: “We’ll have community involvement and try to find the best candidates we can find.”